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The role of social media in self-regulated learning
by Nada Dabbagh; Anastasia Kitsantas
International Journal of Web Based Communities (IJWBC), Vol. 9, No. 2, 2013


Abstract: The challenge for faculty and academic institutions is to leverage the learning affordances of social media, particularly those that enable learners to become independent, self-regulated learners. There is evidence that social media can facilitate the creation of personal learning environments (PLE) that help learners develop and apply self-regulated learning processes such as setting appropriate personal goals, using task strategies to manage information, and engaging in self-monitoring and self-evaluation to progress to socially mediated knowledge and networked learning. The present study examines how learners (N = 87) use social media to create a PLE that supports their learning experience and whether learners apply self-regulated learning processes while creating this PLE. The study also reports on the degree to which earners' use of social media aligns with a three-level pedagogical framework for social media use and provides guidelines for the development of PLE.

Online publication date: Wed, 10-Apr-2013


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